To support research integrating spatial concepts, CISR is actively engaged in advanced spatial modeling and statistics; spatial tool development; field mapping technology and methods; cartographic visualization, and more…

Examples of some of our projects include:

Preview of data visualization of puma tracking: paths on a map but no discernible data.

The Puma Project

Puma Tracker displays real-time satellite tracking data so the public can remotely explore the lives of these amazing animals.

Learn more about Santa Cruz Puma Project – University of California, Santa Cruz

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No Place Like Home

Santa Cruz is the least-affordable small city in the US. Between 2016 and 2018, the research team surveyed and gathered evidence of housing conditions, and researched historical trends and policy options.

Learn about No Place Like Home

Preview of data visualization of threatened species on map but no discernible data.

Threatened Island Biodiversity

A global dataset of threatened island species at risk from invasive vertebrates.

Learn more about Threatened Island Biodiversity


Wild nature with a dirt path through redwoods, coyote brush, and other native plants.

Learn more about our state-of-the-art spatial technology facility within walking distance from the UCSC Natural Reserve.


At the intersection of social, natural, and information sciences, CISR is composed of a diverse team of faculty, staff, and students that conduct their research under the collaborative focus of the center. 

People working in collaboration in a room, looking at pictures of chimpanzees. The people are wearing masks. This is a decorative image: these are not actual team members at this organization.
Last modified: Jul 16, 2024